Australian Aboriginal Paula Murphy says she comes from a "dark background". She grew up on a mission, knowing who her parents were but never knowing them as mum and dad. In Paula's community Jesus was a swear word and domestic abuse was considered normal. Relationships were filled with violence, drugs, alcohol and sexual abuse.
Paula met a man and had two daughters with him. However, he gave her "a flogging for breakfast, dinner and supper". When she used violence to protect her children, Paula was arrested for attempted murder.
While in jail for two years at Emu Plains Correctional Centre in NSW, she had a life-changing encounter with Jesus in 2008, after finding a Gideon's Bible placed there by a volunteer. Over 90 million Bibles are handed out by the Gideon's every year.
"That Bible saved me," Paula declares on a Vimeo clip from Gideon's International (TGIA).
"I pray to the Lord and praise and thank Him every day for the work of the Gideon's and ask that I too could be an evangelist [who tells others of Jesus].
"I don't know where I would be if I hadn't met Jesus that night," Paula says, wiping away tears. "Honestly, I probably would have been dead. But by the grace of God I'm still here."
The life-saving information in a little Gideon's Bible is the same information found in any Bible. Read one today! And if you don't know where to start, begin with John in the New Testament.•